The winners and losers have been announced in High Performance Sport New Zealand's funding budget for next year.

Sailing, athletics, canoe racing and slalom, women's sevens and hockey, and the Paralympic movement can afford to put another sausage on the Christmas barbecue with boosts that recognise their progress across the Rio cycle and potetnial for the Tokyo Games.

However, there will be rocks under the beach towels for swimming, triathlon, cycling, men's sevens and women's football for failing to meet expectations.

"Some sports have delivered quality performance on the world stage and been given slightly increased investment to see how much more they might achieve," said HPSNZ chief executive Alex Baumann. "A few who have not met either our or their own expectations have had reductions, however we will continue to work closely with them to meet all the HP system goals for the next cycle and beyond."


Athletics has been a key winner, going from a tier two to tier one core sport with an increase of $375,000 to $2.6 million per annum. Yachting has also received an increase of $250,000 to pick up $3.7 million.

Canoe racing has been elevated to tier two status, largely off Lisa Carrington's double medal haul in Rio, going up $275,000 to $1.6 million. The sport's increase will help support a new centralised high performance programme planned at Lake Karapiro from next year.

Canoe slalom moves from $175,000 to $450,000 per annum after Luuka Jones secured Rio silver. That's also intended to supplement the efforts to build a new white-water facility in Manukau.

Paralympics welcomes an extra $245,000, going up to $2.4 million.

Shooter Natalie Rooney ($20,000 to $125,000) and trampolinist Dylan Schmidt ($25,000 to $115,000) benefit individually. Their stipends are to focus primarily on getting additional world-class coaching and international competition support.

Swimming receives $900,000 next year - down $400,000 - with triathlon cut from $1.25 million to $750,000. Cycling drops from $4.7 million to $4.2 million after returning one silver at Rio. Each of those three sports are on two rather than four-year commitment plans.

The men's sevens team's grant has been cut by $300,000 to drop to $900,000; women's football reduce by the same amount, meaning they receive $500,000 next year.

Rowing takes a minor dip, down from $5.3 million to $5.1 million per annum, given four of their five medallists are taking 2017 sabbaticals.


The updated programme acknowledges a number of new Olympic disciplines on the Tokyo programme, including women's softball and surfing. Both have accessed seed funding to provide an opportunity to prepare for Olympic qualification, and demonstrate they are capable of medals.

Next year's overall core investment programme is worth $35 million.